Week 7 – Sugirtharajah: Decolonizing Yahweh; Latvus

Latvus offers us a possible interpretation for the end of 2nd Kings: influence, namely cynicism and pessimism, of the empire.  Babylonian thought, culture and worldview had so permeated the narrator’s perceptions that the poor, King Jehoiachin, and Yahweh were all spun as a result of the good life in Babylon.  In fact, Latvus offers, the language of Deuteronomy that described Israel’s relationship with God was used to describe the exile’s relationship with Babylon.  The narrator co-opts the language of life and covenant in the name of Babylon, the one who will keep you safe, whether it was originally spoken by the empire to the exiles or through the lens of the narrator on the Israelites current context.  It reminded me of the co-opting of the language of faith that the White House administration uses in the public forum, current and past alike.


~ by Brian Shope on November 5, 2007.

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